From art galleries and museums, fashion icons, street food to nature’s wonders, Britain is a must-visit destination. Here are the top 7 reasons why Britain should be on your bucket-list of destinations when you decide to travel and explore again.
The London Eye
Having being featured in several international films, including Bollywood, the London Eye continues to be one of the top attractions in Britain. Every year, it attracts tens of thousands of visitors to get a panoramic view of the city. Situated on the banks of River Thames, the London Eye is a definite must-visit when you travel to Britain.
London’s “Tube” is literally the lifeline of the capital of the UK. The Tube is simply the world’s oldest and most famous underground railway. It is a highly sophisticated and efficient public transportation service, which connects hundreds of thousands of passengers from the outskirts of the metropolis to their jobs in the centre of London. A ride in the London tube is a “must-do” when in Britain. ‘Mind the Gap’! Will you?
London has an incomparable collection of world-class museums. The Science Museum is as good as any that you’ll find and attracts millions of tourists from all over the globe. The British Museum features in every list of the top ten museums in the world. Like all London’s great museums, it’s free and gets more than 6 million visitors every year. I was stunned by the Natural History Museum, where I was greeted by the fossil of an enormous dinosaur. It has a fabulous shopping section and a sit-and-dine café. An incredible cup of tea after an entire tour of the museum doesn’t sound too bad.
From high street to haute couture, UK fashion is about creativity, innovation, quality and heritage. Often known as the shopping capital of Europe, London is the place to be if you want to shop-till-you-drop. All the top fashion icons and brands in the world have their presence in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. Oxford Street in London or Edinburgh’s Princes Street are a shopping paradise if you are on a buying spree. Some of the top brands such as Zara, Marks and Spencer, Jenners and Primark have their flagship outlets in most of the big cities of UK.
Some of the most iconic fashion brands such as Terence Conran, Sarah Burton, J. W. Anderson, Stella McCartney and Burberry hail from the UK.
Arts and Culture
Online galleries or drop-dead-gorgeous street paintings, you will find it all in the UK. The National Gallery, Tate and several other galleries are the top attractions. Many of them are free to enter. The vibrant theatres in London’s West End, which come to life every evening, are one of the top draws. Catching your favourite show in one of London’s many theatres is definite must. If you love street art and painting, you will not be disappointed either. Some of the street art in the UK is stunning to say the least.
If you want to savour the global flavours under one roof, come to the UK. Be it the traditional British ‘Fish and Chips’ or their ‘Afternoon Tea’, there’s never a dull moment when it comes to food and drink in the UK. Britain is famed not only for its traditional and classic British dishes but also credited for being the melting pot of a fusion of a new British-Asian food. Visit Borough market in Southwark, London to witness one of the oldest and largest food markets in England.
Taste of London, Foodies Festival, Great British Beer Festival, VegFest UK and the Big Festival are some of the top food festivals in the UK. These should be on your bucket list when you plan your vacation to this island country.
If you are a nature lover and fond of spending times outdoors, Britain is the perfect destination for you post lockdown. I absolutely loved my half-a-day hike to Arthur’s Peak in Edinburgh, which gives you a fabulous panoramic view of the city. The UK has 15 national parks. Think of a vast expanse of unbridled natural landscape and virgin forest, you will find it all here. Try to spend some quality time in London’s famed Hyde Park (where I spent most of my morning hours when I visited London in the winters of 2019). Other popular nature parks are the Lake District, New Forest, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales among others.
Blog and images contributed by Amit Sengupta, Head of Press and Communications, East and North-East, British Deputy High Commission Kolkata.